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WinCo Portland Open starts Thursday; Trail Blazers within a game of eighth place entering Thursday game with Denver

• Pro golf at Pumpkin Ridge — Medford native Dylan Wu is among those expected to contend for the title at the WinCo Foods Portland Open, the Korn Ferry Tour event happening Thursday through Sunday at Pumpkin Ridge.

Wu enters the tournament third on the tour in scoring average and fourth in driving accuracy and in birdie average. Wu tees off at 7:52 a.m. Thursday.

There are no fans allowed at this event because of COVID-19. Television covderage on Golf Channel is scheduled from 4-6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 3-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 

• NBA Wednesday — The Portland Trail Blazers can close the gap on the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference when they take on the Denver nuggets at 5 p.m. Thursday (NBCSN) in the NBA bubble at Orlando, Florida.

Memphis continued to struggle on Wednesday, losing to Utah. Suddenly, the Blazers are only one game back of the Grizzlies in the race for the final playoff spot.

Denver beat San Antonio, 134-126, on Wednesday. The Spurs and New Orleans Pelicans are a game back of Portland, Phoenix 1.5 behind Portland and Sacramento two games back of the Blazers

Wednesday's games: Utah 124, Memphis 115; Philadelphia 107, Washington 98; Denver 132, San Antonio 126; Oklahoma City 105, L.A. Lakers 86; Toronto 109, Orlando 99; Boston 149, Brooklyn 115.

Thursday's games: New Orleans vs. Sacramento, 10:30 a.m. (NBA TV); Miami vs. Milwaukee, 1 p.m. (TNT); Indiana vs.Phoenix, 1 p.m.; L.A. Clippers vs. Dallas, 3 p.m. (TNT); Portland vs. Denver, 5 p.m. (NBCSN); L.A. Lakers vs. Houston, 6 p.m. (TNT).

COVID-19 update: The NBA announced Wednesday that there have been zero confirmed positive tests for the coronavirus among 343 players tested for COVID-19 on the NBA campus since test results were last announced on July 29.


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